The Charlottesville 29

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Category: Five Finds on Friday

Five Finds on Friday: Bo Stockton

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Stockton’s son.

Today’s Five Finds on Friday come from Bo Stockton, new owner of Michael’s Bistro and Tap House. A longtime manager of Charlottesville restaurants, Stockton says the biggest thing he has learned is that the keys to a restaurant’s success are “good food and good service at a quality price.” With an institution like Michael’s, Stockton is treading slowly with changes, but will debut a new brunch menu this weekend, and has started adding dinner items too. Stockton’s picks:

1) Hellboy Pizza at Lampo. “When I’m feeling down and need a pick-me-up, I remember how April revived the Ninja Turtles . . . pizza. Master Splinter says Hellboy and then Mitchell Shredders the cheese. A must in Cville.”

2) Breakfast BBQ at Blue Moon Diner. “The fact that they are back makes me want to dance. I have had everything from business meetings to dates to hangover cures feasting on their brunch menu. For me, always the pulled pork over English muffins with onion straws. So happy they re-opened.”

3) English Muffins at Belle. “This spot is new to Belmont but already feels like home. Grab a cup of Joe and get an English muffin made in house. How can you go wrong? I like egg and cheese on mine. They make whatever, and have a perfect place for the family.”

4) Fresh Rolls at Monsoon Siam. “If you haven’t had the fresh rolls to start and followed them with house hot anything, then you haven’t lived. Hands down my go to jiggity jam. Tell them Bo sent you if you want it hot.”

5) Fried Chicken from Brown’s. “So many arguments over the ‘best fried chicken’ in Cville. Stop arguing, head to Brown’s. Crispy, greasy, hearty and everything else but healthy. Yum.”

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Five Finds on Friday: Rachel Snogles

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Today’s Five Finds on Friday come from Rachel Snogles, GM of Kama, the new Japanese restaurant at Violet Crown, whose Grand Opening is this weekend. A preview of Kama is here. Snogles’ picks:

1) Linguine Alla Carbonara at Tavola. “The quality of the pasta and attention to flavors in each dish are impeccable. Every pasta I’ve had has been fantastic, but a particular favorite is the linguine alla carbonara. Takes me back to Italy with every bite.”

2) Seven Hills Beef Tartare in The Coat Room at Brasserie Saison. “Whenever my family and I want a special night where we don’t have to think about making decisions, we always go to The Coat Room. They take it out of our hands and send food and drinks that suit our mood, though we always get the steak tartare with grilled oyster aioli when it is on the menu.”

3) Croque Madame at brunch at Commonwealth Restaurant. “I love brunch and rarely get to go, so when I do I want somewhere that does more than just bacon and eggs. At Commonwealth they nail it from classics like Eggs Benedict with Surryano ham to something more unique like the Dutch pancake with citrus chive marscapone with macerated berries. A personal favorite is the croque madame with the runny egg and delicious bechamel. It’s perfect for when I cannot decide between lunch and dinner.”

4) Margherita Pizza at Lampo.  “When it comes to wanting more than just a slice of pizza, Lampo is an obvious choice. A perfect crust makes the margherita pizza a treat every time. Save space for their cheese selection too.”

5) Pastry from MarieBette.  “Whether I am craving a canele, a chocolate almond croissant or simply want some good bread, MarieBette never disappoints.  It takes all my self control to not be there daily.”

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Five Finds on Friday: Diane Burns

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Today’s Five Finds on Friday come from Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards Horticulturist Diane Burns, who has expanded Pippin Hill’s flower beds and added new varieties just for a Cut Flower Workshop, July 23 at Pippin Hill. After a tour of Burns’ gardens, guests will learn how to harvest, handle, and arrange flowers, using the sustainable flowers from Burns’ gardens. Next, guests will take their arrangements to the Reserve Room Veranda to enjoy a chef’s lunch featuring vegetables from Burns’ garden, with plenty of Pippin Hill wine. Each guest will take home their floral arrangement. Tickets and info here.

Burns’ picks, which include her favorite local foods from Charlottesville City Market and beyond, particularly for summertime grilling:

1) Kielbasa from Double H Farm. “I love their smoky kielbasa flavored with garlic and spices. It is fantastic with grilled peppers.”

2) Carmen and Escamillo Peppers from Bellair Farm. “There are lots of vendors that sell produce at the market, but I like visiting with Jamie, and his friendly crew of folks, for the freshest produce. I buy the Carmen and Escamillo peppers to pair with kielbasa.”

3) Ginger Jam from The Farm at Red Hill. Wendy and Richard do a great job with dips and sauces, and their new line of ginger jam is the perfect addition when preparing grilled pork tenderloin. I first discovered The Farm at Red Hill at the Charlottesville City Market, and while the team no long participates in farmers’ markets, their goods can be found at The Great Valu in Crozet, Foods of All Nations, Whole Foods and the Barracks Road Harris Teeter.”

4) Tulip Poplar Honey from Elysium Honey Company. “We actually just added an apiary at Pippin Hill, so honey is on my mind. I love to brush the honey on thick slices of pineapple — grilling it lightly, just to show the grill marks. Yes, it really is all about the grill marks.”

5) Chocolate Pecan Pie from Family Pies & Ties. “Lynette’s Chocolate Pecan Pie is to die for. I prefer to eat it straight from the pie pan. It’s made with love and lots of chocolate. We can’t get enough of their baked goods.”